New Hanover County Health Department Highlights Child Passenger Safety Week

Posted September 21, 2017 at 10:44 am     Category: News ReleasePublic Health

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC –  The New Hanover County Health Department is highlighting Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs September 17-23, by reminding parents and caregivers to tether their child’s forward-facing car seat.

“Many parents don’t know about the tether, and don’t realize that their child is not fully protected. We want to fix that,” said Julia Phelps, Safe Kids Cape Fear coordinator. “We encourage parents to visit one of the many local permanent checking stations throughout our region, where nationally certified child passenger safety technicians can assist with making sure car seats are being used and installed correctly. Families can also get expert help online with the Ultimate Car Seat Guide.”

New research shows that more than half of forward-facing car seats are not used properly because of one misunderstood but essential step in installation: attaching the top tether. In a 2016 study, of those who came to car seat checkup events, 64 percent of forward-facing car seats with harnesses were not attached using the tether.

The tether is an important safety device to protect children in cars. Safe Kids Cape Fear and the New Hanover County Health Department want to remind parents of several important facts below:

  • The tether is the strap on the back of a forward-facing car seat that secures the top of the car seat to a dedicated anchor in the car. All vehicles made after 2001 are required to have at least 3 tether anchors.
  • When attached and used correctly, the tether keeps a forward-facing car seat from pitching forward in a crash or sudden stop.
  • Without this protection, a child’s head can move an additional 4-6 inches, which could cause serious harm if the child’s head hits the back of the front seat, other occupants or even the console.
  • Using the tether could mean the difference between a serious head injury and no injury at all.


Release Contact:
Jessica Loeper
Communications & Outreach Coordinator

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